Colorado coach Tad Boyle hosted an NCAA tournament selection show watch party at his home and ended up holding a team meeting in the basement to address his disappointed players after the school's name never appeared on the television.
"Shock and disbelief, and I’m sorry our players had to go through it," Boyle said. "Going into the day, going into the show, it didn't even enter my mind we weren't in. It was disbelief and shock -- not fun at all."'
Boyle spoke of his disappointment for how his seniors wouldn't get to play in the NCAA tournament even after compiling a résumé that included a win against Texas and three wins against Kansas State.
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon, a close friend and former teammate, said Colorado getting snubbed made for a bittersweet day even as his own team learned of its tournament fate.
"I was probably more upset for Tad than I was happy for us," said Turgeon, whose team got a No. 7 seed. "I was down. I was stunned they weren't in. When Texas was a 4 (seed), I knew we were all in trouble."
Said Kansas coach Bill Self: "I'm hurting for Tad and his players."
Said Kansas State coach Frank Martin: "Obviously, they were better than us. They proved it on the court. I feel bad for those seniors."
Said Nebraska coach Doc Sadler: "All of us in the Big 12 are probably shocked, disappointed. I would think the Big 12 office is shaking their head."
Boyle, whose team will play in the NIT, said he couldn't even be angry because he was still in shock.
"There’s no question in my mind we're one of the best at-large team playing right now," Boyle said.
"Player make mistakes, coaches make mistakes, officials make mistakes, and now we see the committee can make mistakes, too. That's life. We’re all human."